paranormal · suspense · thriller

The Broken Girls – Simone St James ★★★★

Blurb; Vermont, 1950. There’s a place for the girls whom no one wants–the troublemakers, the illegitimate, the too smart for their own good. It’s called Idlewild Hall. And in the small town where it’s located, there are rumors that the boarding school is haunted. Four roommates bond over their whispered fears, their budding friendship blossoming–until one of them mysteriously disappears. . . .

Vermont, 2014. As much as she’s tried, journalist Fiona Sheridan cannot stop revisiting the events surrounding her older sister’s death. Twenty years ago, her body was found lying in the overgrown fields near the ruins of Idlewild Hall. And though her sister’s boyfriend was tried and convicted of murder, Fiona can’t shake the suspicion that something was never right about the case.

When Fiona discovers that Idlewild Hall is being restored by an anonymous benefactor, she decides to write a story about it. But a shocking discovery during the renovations will link the loss of her sister to secrets that were meant to stay hidden in the past–and a voice that won’t be silenced. . . .

My Review; Fiona is a journalist trying to figure out the death of her sister Deb in the past. She was found deceased on Idlewall Halls Field. Fiona turns to investigation mode and dives into the haunting past of the school and the pupils who attended, but what she uncovers is more than she ever expected. As Fiona continues investigating her personal relationships start to feel the strain. Fiona is one determined character who won’t give up until she has answers.

The story flicks from the past in the 1950s of Idlewild Hall and to the present with Fiona, this is clearly stated at the start of each chapter so there is no confusion. The story focuses on idlewood Hall which in the past was a fully functioning girls boarding school. However, now it is abandoned with the intent to be reopened and revived by an out of town buyer…

There’s a story behind how each of the girls came to be attending Idlewood Hall and some are utterly heartbreaking. Each girl has their own battles and past, alongside having an unpleasant, haunting stay and experience at Idlewild Hall.

There’s plenty of rumours and gossip about Idlewood Hall being haunted and bodies being buried on the site… But what is the real story? A brilliant read, one I enjoyed. A real mystery, gripping and haunting story that sucks you in.

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crime · mystery · paranormal · suspense · thriller

*BLOG TOUR* Hydra – Matt Wesolowski ★★★★★

Blurb; One cold November night in 2014, in a small town in the north west of England, 26-year-old Arla Macleod bludgeoned her mother, father and younger sister to death with a hammer, in an unprovoked attack known as the “Macleod Massacre.” Now incarcerated at a medium-security mental-health institution, Arla will speak to no one but Scott King, an investigative journalist, whose Six Stories podcasts have become an internet sensation. King finds himself immersed in an increasingly complex case, interviewing five witnesses and Arla herself, as he questions whether Arla’s responsibility for the massacre was a diminished as her legal team made out. As he unpicks the stories, he finds himself thrust into a world of deadly forbidden “games,” online trolls, and the mysterious Black-eyed Children, whose presence extends far beyond the delusions of a murderess.

My Review; I must start by saying this is the first book I have read by Matt and I am very impressed. Hydra is Matt’s second book released and I will be reading his other story called Six Stories very soon. Hydra had me intrigued and interested just from reading the prologue.

I absolutely love Matt’s writing style making the story easy to read and fast paced. The way the story is told leaves the reader to analyse the case themselves and I think it is brilliant, I haven’t read anything similar to this before. Instead of chapters in this book there is episodes, different but gripping. 

You can tell Matt has put a lot of time and research into this story which had me hooked to the point I devoured it in two days, I didn’t want to put it down. Hydra is chilling and will give you goosebumps. I enjoyed reading this story very much and awarded a well deserved five stars. I would highly recommend you all read it if you haven’t already. Hydra was in my top twenty reads of 2017. 

Ghost story · horror · Killers · paranormal · Short Stories · suspense · thriller

The Warden – D.P. Tighe ★★★★★

Now I need to start by apologizing for how quiet myself, my blog and my social media sites have been recently and that is because I have been struggling to concentrate on reading lately and have given myself a well deserved break!

Blurb:
Alice has lead a pretty normal life up until now. She wakes up finding herself trapped in a sick game of survival within the walls of an old asylum. She has to fight her way out while facing many psychotic enemies, no one said they were all living psychopaths though…
When she discovers how she actually got there she is forced to make some difficult decisions.
Will Alice survive the horror games?

My Review:
I must admit getting yourself out of a book slump for as long as I have been in mine lately is hard… BUT this book got me out of my slump!!! HURRAH! YAY. I’m back.

I awarded a well deserved five stars for this story, but it does come with a few warnings. The Warden SHOULD NOT be read at night especially if you’re alone, you will need to keep the light on for this story. Secondly, you will need a strong stomach as parts of this story made my stomach turn, you’ve been warned! Lastly, I would highly recommend you’re over 16 years of age to read this story personally.

The Warden is book one in the Twisted Minds series with a second book to follow in the future. You will need to be a patient reader as you will be hanging from a tall cliff after this book till you can dive back into book two. If you haven’t guessed already The Warden is a horror unlike any other I have read, it has EVERYTHING you would hate… The darkest most twisted scenarios you can think of. The only other thing I could compare it too is Saw, very similar but different!

The Warden is written well, easy to read and contains short chapters throughout. This is only a short story which can easily be devoured within a few hours and contains 114 pages of your worst nightmare..

If this sounds like your kind of horror I do have a SIGNED COPY to giveaway over on my Facebook page so keep your eyes peeled! I am now off to read something far more romantic and soft than this before my mind is haunted for life…

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